Start Here

Whether you are new to the community, a young professional discovering what you believe, a new parent struggling to survive, an empty nester longing to find your place, a senior making a new start, or a longtime member, Providence Baptist Church is your home.  Start Here!

People of all generations “Start Here” to connect with one another. Our mission is “Connecting People to God in Christ.”

You can see our 22 acres are filled with places to start and connect.

  • Sanctuary.
  • Mission Center.
  • Chapel.
  • Sports Fields.
  • Activity Center.
  • Fellowship Hall.
  • Education Buildings.
  • Children’s Building.

We are a collection of people with differing social and theological viewpoints, all bound together in Christ by relationships stronger than our differences.

This campus aerial photo was taken in 2015.

The original “Start Here


Founded in 1954, Providence Baptist Church began with 56 charter members and now boasts more than 2,000.

Five pastors led Providence Baptist Church to our Start Here:

  • Reverend H. Gordon Weekley, Jr. 1954-1967
  • Dr. William Henry Crouch 1968-1991
  • Dr. Charles B. Bugg 1993-1996
  • Dr. R. Alton Cadenhead, Jr. 1998-2015
  • Dr. Lee Canipe, 2016-
The original chapel was built in 1954. It is now the Gordon Weekley Chapel and Nalley Missions Center.

Several Providence “plant churches” have had their Start Here.

  • Candlewyck Baptist
  • Carmel Baptist
  • The Korean Baptist Church
  • Sharon Baptist

Other faith communities and refugees in need of a worship space began their Start Here!
Providence has hosted several congregations as they looked for their own space:
Korean, Ukrainian, Congolese and Burmese congregations.


Men and women wanting to enter the ministry Start Here.
Providence has ordained over 30 men and women to the ministry and proudly claims others who call Providence “home” as they serve in the mission field.

Beliefs

As a congregation of faith, we believe that our task is to bring people and God together in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord through worship, fellowship, and missions.

God-centered worship is a primary focus of our congregation. We must first reach up to God before we can reach out to others.

Fellowship is the supporting and nurturing of our church family. We must reach in to one another before we reach out to others.

Missions is responding to God’s call to local and worldwide spiritual and physical needs. We believe we can meet these needs in the name of Christ by offering our gifts of time, talents and resources. Reaching out to others is being obedient to God’s command.

We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ…

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and by believing in Him we are redeemed. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace and is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in Him. Those who place their trust in Christ and confess their sins are forgiven and are born into the family of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. By taking the form of a servant, Christ has forever established our model for leadership, ministry and service. Our common desire is to reflect our Lord daily in all that we do.

“But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”  Philippians 2:7 (NIV)

We believe in the Centrality and Authority of Scripture…

We affirm the authority of the Bible and believe it, as God’s inspired word, to be central in the life of the individual and the church. We also hold dear to the belief that Christians, with the best and most scholarly tools of inquiry, are both free and obligated to study and obey the Scriptures; and that each of us is free to interpret the Bible under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

We believe in individual freedom…

We affirm the right and responsibility of every person to relate to God without the imposition of creed, the interference of clergy, or the intervention of civil government. We believe in “soul competency,” each person standing individually before God. We believe each person is free before God, having the privilege and responsibility to interpret the Scriptures. The idea of soul freedom, with its emphasis on the personal voluntary nature of faith, led Baptists to adopt baptism for believers.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

We believe in the Autonomy of the local church…

We are a free, autonomous church, under the Lordship of Christ. We determine our membership, leadership, and our worship order, ordain whomever we perceive as gifted for ministry, male or female, and participate in the larger body of Christ, of whose unity and mission Baptists are proudly a part. Our form of government is called “congregational,” meaning our church has the right to run its own affairs under the Lordship of Christ. We are democratic in that our policy is based in the equality of all believers. We also believe in the separation of church and state, and that people should be able to practice faith without coercion or constraint.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”  Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

We believe in Inclusivity…

We willingly share and accept the opinions of every member as one is led by the Holy Spirit. We value every member as we seek God’s truth together. We affirm and celebrate our diversity as a gift of God, including but not limited to race, ethnic background, economic status or gender. We celebrate individual uniqueness and diversity as each member seeks to be obedient to the call of God in his or her life. We strongly believe that neither race, ethnic background nor gender should limit one’s leadership opportunity or ministerial calling.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Galatians 3:28 (NIV)

Providence Baptist Church was founded and remains a congregation of faith that holds a strong belief in local church autonomy and the priesthood of all believers. That origin influences our local church tradition, particularly in our strong support of missions.

We support missions in many different ways. We give primarily through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through the CBF Global Missions. We support the WMU of North Carolina. Our strong and diverse interest in missions motivates us to offer financial support to international mission programs such as the Wycliffe Bible Translators and over thirty (30) local missions endeavors.  We believe in ministerial education and we support various moderate Baptist divinity schools and seminaries.  Our students and adults engage in missions trips in the US and abroad.

Pledge

Providence’s Pledge of Commitment was adopted in August 1973.  It exemplifies the qualities of a Providence Baptist Church member.

As members of Providence Baptist Church we pledge ourselves:

  • To the faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, revealed in history, disclosed in the Scripture, and experienced in human life;
  • To be faithful to the public worship of God, gathering with the family of the church to celebrate His glory and remember His grace;
  • To take seriously the responsibility and privilege of personal Christian growth, diligently seeking to establish and maintain a Christian atmosphere in our homes;
  • To be faithful stewards, as God has prospered us, contributing our financial support for the church and its ministries, and by offering ourselves for God’s work in the world;
  • To so live our lives that others, seeing the joy of Christian living, may seek to know Jesus Christ our Lord;
  • And to be a servant in a servant church, recognizing the infinite worth of every person and believing that Christ has called us to be His ministers in our world.
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One may start out as just a member, but soon you realize you have become a part of a nurturing and loving family.

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Providence is a welcoming and strong congregation with a heart for serving each other and the community, while building lasting relationships, and growing in our faith and understanding of Christ.

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It's a second home where I can relax and have fun and worship God.

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Worship at Providence is always meaningful to me, and touches some part of my life.

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